Don't click or your IP will be banned


Hittin' The Web with the Allman Brothers Band Forum
You are not logged in

< Last Thread   Next Thread ><<  1    2    3  >>Ascending sortDescending sorting  
Author: Subject: Memories of Transitor Radios tucked under Pillows...

Zen Peach





Posts: 18696
(18756 all sites)
Registered: 2/9/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 10:53 AM
And then the door to your bedroom would swing open and a voice would inquire.. "Are you listening to that Radio or are you sleeping"? It was all of 11pm and it was a School night, so your hand would reach up under your pillow and rotate the dial to the off position, just in case your Father decided to walk over and check. " No...It's off and yes I was asleep"..came your reply and as soon as the door clicked shut, you turned the transistor on again. Living in S.F as a teen, Late night early morning radio would bring in the sounds of St. Louis and New Orleans. WoW! ... Such Music. I Heard Muddy Waters for the first time on WWL. Anyway...

Anyone else remember?

 

____________________


 
Replies:

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 29948
(30044 all sites)
Registered: 1/26/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 10:57 AM
You have to use the little ear phone to fool Dad

[Edited on 10/11/2007 by johnwott]

 

____________________
People Can you Feel It?

 

True Peach



Karma:
Posts: 10378
(10389 all sites)
Registered: 4/16/2005
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:10 AM
spent many a nite listenin to wls out'n chicago with my older sister. we'd wind up sleepin together cause we'd both fall asleep.........wowo was another'n we'd listen to............our local station ain't played nothin but 3 songs back then,,,,,,,,,,,your cheatin heart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,hello darlin,,,,,,,,,,,,,,and i was born the coal minin daughter everday and evernite.................dude that owned the radio station had a real hard time stretchin out to other stuff............

 

____________________
music cures watever ails you,,,,,,,,

 

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 2369
(2557 all sites)
Registered: 1/6/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:25 AM
thanks for the memories indeed!

as a teen growing up in UK in the 60's, our only radio was the govt. controlled BBC which censored our music!! - I lived on the coast as was able to pick up the pirate radio stations operating off shore: Radio Caroline and Radio London. I was introduced to all these american and british unknown musicians from every genre - kid in a candy store...the transistor played while I did homework

 

____________________
Unashamedly PEACHY!!

 

World Class Peach



Karma:
Posts: 5060
(5061 all sites)
Registered: 8/27/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:25 AM
I remember listening to baseball games on those old transistor. they are actually worth some money these days.

hey BIGV, speaking of Bay Area radio, do you remember KTIM in San Rafael? and of course KSAN, the big daddy of FM stations back then.

 

____________________

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 18696
(18756 all sites)
Registered: 2/9/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:28 AM
Hey Bruce,..Yeah, sure..KSAN and Tom Donahue...On your AM Dial we had KFRC and KYA(1260)

 

____________________



 

True Peach



Karma:
Posts: 10187
(10387 all sites)
Registered: 8/9/2003
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:39 AM
I remember well, laying there in the dark and hearing Dianna Ross and also the Tams.

"What Kind Of Fooooool. Do you think I am"

Then along came the stereos systems that had a light in it and would glow brightly against the walls..........

I always wanted Pioneer because the ABB's endorsed it.

 

____________________

 

World Class Peach



Karma:
Posts: 5060
(5061 all sites)
Registered: 8/27/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:41 AM
oh yeah, KFRC with Dr. Donald D Rose.

Sacratomato... as he used to say when doing the wheather...



One of those KSAN DJ's ended up doing some acting.

think he was in American Grafity, and some other bit parts.

damn it, i don't know how to spell Graphetti.

Grafeety?

Grapheti?

Grafeti?

i give up.

 

____________________

 

Maximum Peach



Karma:
Posts: 9304
(9381 all sites)
Registered: 10/29/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:42 AM
I was lucky. My father never stopped me from enjoying music.
I would fall asleep with the radio on every night.
What suprised me, was when he had no problem letting me go to my first concert at 12!

 

____________________
Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.
We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.
Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
Brother against brother....

 

World Class Peach



Karma:
Posts: 5060
(5061 all sites)
Registered: 8/27/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:44 AM
Growfeety?

 

____________________

 

Maximum Peach



Karma:
Posts: 9304
(9381 all sites)
Registered: 10/29/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 11:54 AM
quote:
Growfeety?
LMAO
Hey Bruce! G R A F F I T Y

 

____________________
Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.
We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.
Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
Brother against brother....

 

True Peach



Karma:
Posts: 11437
(11442 all sites)
Registered: 8/21/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:04 PM
quote:
quote:
Growfeety?
LMAO
Hey Bruce! G R A F F I T Y


It's graffiti.

Anywho, I remember the transistor days too and could pick up WLS from Chicago here in Atlanta too. Or Nashville's WSM. But mostly WSB for the Braves. Never got in trouble for it, best I can recall my dad encouraged it, he being a big baseball fan and all. I still bring a transistor on backpack trips to the NC mtns and Asheville's WNCW is a treat as I try to adjust to going to sleep on the ground.

 

____________________

 

True Peach



Karma:
Posts: 10187
(10387 all sites)
Registered: 8/9/2003
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:09 PM
wasnt Cousin Brucy on that Chicago station. I listen to WNCW sometimes too.

 

____________________

 

Maximum Peach



Karma:
Posts: 9304
(9381 all sites)
Registered: 10/29/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:10 PM
quote:
It's graffiti.

I meant G R A F F I T I

 

____________________
Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.
We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.
Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
Brother against brother....

 

World Class Peach



Karma:
Posts: 5060
(5061 all sites)
Registered: 8/27/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:16 PM
quote:
quote:
It's graffiti.

I meant G R A F F I T I



apparently, Bruce's didn't do well in English.

i was too busy checking out Cindy Bever, what was your excuse?

yes, that was her real name.

 

____________________

 

Maximum Peach



Karma:
Posts: 9304
(9381 all sites)
Registered: 10/29/2004
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:23 PM
quote:
quote:
quote:
It's graffiti.

I meant G R A F F I T I



apparently, Bruce's didn't do well in English.

i was too busy checking out Cindy Bever, what was your excuse?

yes, that was her real name.
TOO FUNNY!
The sad part is....English was my best subject!
I learned to write by sending Cindy love notes.

 

____________________
Well 30 years of heart and soul,lord we took it further than rock and roll.
We stood together thru thick and thin,yeah we made the best of it all back then.
Then I guess time took it's toll,cut me deep,cut me cold.
Brother against brother....

 

Extreme Peach



Karma:
Posts: 1558
(1568 all sites)
Registered: 2/14/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:34 PM
Ahhh, yeah...the ol' transistor.

Mostly listened to sporting events...being a SoCal'er, the nightly disembodied voice of Vin Scully calling Dodger games during spring & summer (when either Koufax or Drysdale was on the mound and Maury Wills was pilfering bases at a record clip), or when the NBA season was in full-swing, Chick Hearn's calling of Laker games during the fall/winter/spring (in the days of Jerry West & Elgin Baylor).

When I was enlisted to do gardening chores by my parents, I'd have the thing cranked up until the poor 2" speaker was overdriven, listening to "The Hits" on either KHJ or KRLA radio. As I'm typing this, I just was taken back to a moment in time when I heard Smokey & The Miracles singing "You Really Got A Hold On Me" while raking the fallen fig tree leaves. Wow, that was weird, I actually felt I was THERE for a minute. I heard my mom ask, "Anyone want some lemonade?". Whew, that was about a 40 year time travel.


 
E-Mail User

Universal Peach



Karma:
Posts: 5944
(6041 all sites)
Registered: 1/24/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:43 PM
Didn't have to "transistor" at home either...WLS with Dick Biondi and Art Roberts was the "Wolfman Jack" station here, the one everybody was tuned to while cruising.
Listened to Koufax's perfect game on the Chicago Cubs station, WGN?

Favorite transistor memory, Mazeroski's home run to win the world series. Seventh grade, in the hall with an earplug.

Favorite transistor story: 1959 (I think) a Sat. afternoon wedding, girl up the street. Her older brother gave her away, had one of the first transistor radios around, had the Bama-Ga. Tech game on the earplug. During the vows, Bama kicked a field goal on the last play to win. Guy raises his arms, hollers "All Right!" All the guys realized what must have happened, jumped up, started hugging each other over the church pews. They had to stop the wedding, the guy and his sister didn't speak for years. Only in Bama.


EAPFP

 
E-Mail User

True Peach



Karma:
Posts: 11437
(11442 all sites)
Registered: 8/21/2006
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:49 PM
All right! Buppalo, my coworkers think I'm nutty now I just laughed so hard. But it coulda been Ga if the game had gone otherwise.

 

____________________

 

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 2395
(2403 all sites)
Registered: 6/25/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 12:57 PM
Yes I remember the transistor days then I graduated to a clock radio in 9th grade. Heard the ABB on KLOL in Houston in the Fall of 72...something off Eat a Peach and my life changed when the DJ said "that's the Allman Brothers Band from Macon GA". I had an uncle who lived in Maconga so that made my day. Listened to the ABB at the Cow Palace one New Year's Eve on that clock radio.

I just heard Gregg's interview on the internet radio station. My how times have changed.

 

____________________

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 20219
(20233 all sites)
Registered: 9/22/2005
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 01:04 PM
Oh to hear Groovy Grubworm or The Weight ...even Chewy Chewy Baby, or something from the Brooklyn Bridge late at night through the feathers...childhood.

 

____________________
If we practice and eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, soon the whole world will be blind and toothless. -Mahatma Gandhi.

 

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 2223
(2223 all sites)
Registered: 5/5/2003
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 05:14 PM
I used to listen to all kinds of hockey games on my radio especially the Pittsburgh Penguins. I also remember getting TV stations on the radio as well and I can definitely recall listening to Jeapordy
 

A Peach Supreme



Karma:
Posts: 2223
(2223 all sites)
Registered: 5/5/2003
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 05:17 PM
Sorry........meant Jeopardy...too many after dinner cocktails
 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 19442
(19456 all sites)
Registered: 6/9/2002
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 05:33 PM
I still love to listen to AM radio at night as I travel the country in the wee hours. I am old enough to remember being a kid and picking up a radio station from a far away place and it still being a big deal. Under my covers as a youngster, I was fascinated to be able to pick up a radio station from another city in another part of the country- New York City, Chicago, Texas, St. Louis, etc. It was like eavesdropping in a way, listening to something live happening in another town. I loved it. I remember listening to a lot of sports as well, and especially one radio station that would play those fantasy baseball games where announcers would recreate a game that couldn't have ever actually happened - such as the 1968 St. Louis Cardinals versus the 1927 Yankees.

I also remember things like Tradio - or swap meet - where folks would call in offering something to trade in exchange for a specific item that someone else might have within listening distance of the radio station. My grandmother would listen to that a lot. I remember picking up Spanish language stations out of Cuba, before it became the normal deal that it is now, and the French speaking stations in Canada. I found it fascinating.

I remember camping in the late 1960's and hearing older kids outside the camper listening to the rock music I wasn't yet allowed to hear yet. My Dad was military, and one of the biggest arguments and battles that we had was over my wanting to buy a pair of multi-colored flared pants for fifth grade in 1969. They weren't even bell bottoms, but were the next best thing, being just flared. These were the days when we would go camping as a family and drive into a campground that would literally have a sign over the entrance that would say, "Hippies Not Welcome," or "Long hairs not allowed in the pool." My dad felt that the flared pants were signs that I was getting hip to the amazing scene that was going on back then, and he wanted to fight it as long as he could. Then, as we traveled the next night, I would scan the dial to try and hear those songs that I heard the older kids listening to the night before. This was before FM turned progressive. AM radio back in the 1960's represented a true golden period, when Percy Sledge and Buck Owens could be heard next to Led Zep on the same station within the same hour. A George Jones song could be heard followed by James Brown. The diversity was amazing.

I still listen to AM radio as I drive at night. A couple of years ago I was driving back from a wonderful weekend at a friend's cabin in Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio when I started spinning the AM dial at dusk. I picked up some bluegrass music coming in loud and clear as I drove west with the sunset ahead of me. It turned out to be an incredibly small wattage radio station on the Arkansas-Mississppi border. I listened to it for about 45 minutes, loving the music and the talk of the small town, and hoping the signal would last. But, it was one of those radio stations that signed off at dark. Yes, they still do exist. The DJ gave out a final goodbye, with all of the pertinent call letter and station ID information said, and then it went silent. I left it there for a few minutes to see what other signals would creep in, now that this station was out of the way. I've always loved that sound of static, with stations from far off fading in and out. The fact is, I have not been able to pick that radio station up since then. The atmosphere, the weather, and the twilight combination of a red, yellow, and blue sunset sky giving way to the creeping darkness, it all aligned perfectly that evening, and it provided the needed conditions for a one time only listening experience.

A few years ago I was alone on a high altitude mountain road outside of Cripple Creek, Colorado and had another AM radio experience. Cripple Creek is a restored silver mining town that has been turned into an array of small low stakes casinos. You can play blackjack with only a three-dollar limit there. I was camping nearby at the 'highest altitude KOA campground in the world,' laid out at about 11,000 feet up. It was about 3am when I drove up on top of this mountain, and there hadn't been another car on the road for miles and miles. I felt like I had the mountain to myself, so I stopped and got out of the car to see what I could see. I remembered John Denver talking about hanging out on a mountain that was similarly high in altitude and watching a shooting star go over head and being able to smell it afterwards. I think he wrote a song about that experience, if I remember right. There wasn't much to see south of the horizon because there were no lights flickering in the night anywhere below. But, the stars in the sky were incredible, with the Milky Way before me clear as a bell. When I got back into my car, I decided to see what AM radio stations I could pick up from the top of this mountain. I scanned the dial for a while and picked up both a radio station from Cincinnati and a radio station from Los Angeles ....in the same spot....on the same radio.... with no satellite or anything else used to make it happen. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world. To someone younger, it wouldn't make any sense.

Just this past weekend, some friends of mine and myself were driving around along the Whitewater River in southwestern Ohio along the Indiana border. It is getting dark earlier up here, and I asked to change the radio station. They know me by now, as I turned the digital dial to AM 650. On Friday and Saturday nights, the Grand Ole Opry is broadcast live- straight from the stage, on WSM. It doesn't always come in clear, but on that night it filled the speakers with little static in the mix. Yes, the live music is cool to hear, but it also reminds me of listening to the AM radio under the covers back when things were a touch simpler. But, you know what- even though there is more computer power in a personal computer now, or even a cell phone, than there was on all of the space ships that went to the moon back in 1969, at least there were humans actually walking on the moon then. The excitement of far away lands was real back in the day. Not so much now.

Good thread.

Derek


[Edited on 10/11/2007 by DerekFromCincinnati]

 

____________________

 

Zen Peach



Karma:
Posts: 19963
(20161 all sites)
Registered: 11/28/2001
Status: Offline

  posted on 10/11/2007 at 05:35 PM
quote:
wasnt Cousin Brucy on that Chicago station. I listen to WNCW sometimes too.


You're probably thinking of Larry Lujack. I used to listen to Larry probably 25 or more years ago when I drove a big ol' step van for L'eggs pantyhose thoughout western Michigan and Northern Indiana. My truck only had AM radio, so the powerful Chicago stations came in well. Lujack was hilariious.

Brucie is out of NYC.

I loved falling asleep to the transistor radio, but Mom got mad when she had to buy batteries all the time. I'd listen to just about anything that the radio could pull in. Late at night, the local station would put on a syndicated show that played what I called "cocktail music." It was stuff your parents would probably like. The hostess was a woman whose radio name was Dolly Holiday. A woman on the radio was a rarity back then. In fact, she's the only one I can think of.

 

____________________

 
E-Mail User
<<  1    2    3  >>  


Powered by XForum 1.81.1 by Trollix Software


Privacy | Terms of Service
The ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND name, The ALLMAN BROTHERS name, likenesses, logos, mushroom design and peach truck are all registered trademarks of THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. whose rights are specifically reserved. Any artwork, visual, or audio representations used on this web site CONTAINING ANY REGISTERED TRADEMARKS are under license from The ABB MERCHANDISING CO., INC. A REVOCABLE, GRATIS LICENSE IS GRANTED TO ALL REGISTERED PEACH CORP MEMBERS FOR The DOWNLOADING OF ONE COPY FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY. ANY DISTRIBUTION OR REPRODUCTION OF THE TRADEMARKS CONTAINED HEREIN ARE PROHIBITED AND ARE SPECIFICALLY RESERVED BY THE ABB MERCHANDISING CO.,INC.
site by Hittin' the Web Group with www.experiencewasabi3d.com